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The Advantages of Adopting a Cat from a Shelter

Posted September 19th, 2018 by daniel

While there are many things in life that we benefit from by “getting new”, adding a new furry family member isn’t necessarily one of them. Sure, you can work with a cat breeder and get a specific type of kitten that has a good chance of meeting all your specifications – but is that really necessary? If you are considering adding a fur baby to your household, adopting a cat from a local shelter is a great way to go. In fact, adopting a pet offers a number of advantages over working with a breeder.

8 Reasons to Adopt Your Cat from a Shelter

  1. Reduce Overpopulation – Pet shelters are always full, often to capacity, so by adopting from a shelter you are giving another cat a place at the shelter, while providing shelter to a cat of your own.
  2. Health – Cats who are the shelters have already been spayed or neutered, as well as vaccinated and dewormed, which means your new fur baby will be ready to take home and healthy, as well.
  3. Cost – Working with a breeder is sure to add a significant charge to getting a cat. Plus, you are typically responsible for paying for any shots, spaying/neutering, and any other medical concerns.
  4. Social – Cats who have been in shelters have gotten accustomed to other animals and people being around. They often adapt better to new surroundings and are more likely to engage with you and your friends.
  5. House Trained – Litter box training a cat can be a frustrating process. Cats who have been in a shelter are often already trained, thus saving you a great deal of time and stress.
  6. The Unexpected – While going to a shelter to look for a cat does mean you can’t have preconceived ideas of what you will bring home, it also means  the choices are much more varied. However, this is a positive as it means  you are more likely to get a cat that totally suits you – just be sure to visit with an open mind and heart.
  7. Appreciation – Rescue animals are typically more appreciative of you and will generally spend more time interacting with you and your family members. Rescue cats are more loving as they seem to appreciate what you do for them more than the cat who has always lived with a good household.
  8. Example – By opting to adopt a rescue cat, you are showing others that they don’t have to pay a breeder for their fur bay but can choose instead to work with a shelter to find the perfect pet for their family. Plus, there’s something special about knowing that you not only got a pet, but you ultimately saved a life.

Adopting a cat is great way to add joy to your household, without dealing with extra costs, doctors’ visits, and the stress of “potty training”. If you are considering adding a feline friend to your home, be sure to check out local shelters first. If you have questions about local pet shelters or cat care, be sure to reach out to the Sleep Easzz team.

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